Reaching your full potential every day with B vitamins
If your energy levels are low, or you’re not achieving your full workout potential every day, it could be time to look at your diet to understand whether you may need additional support.
When we work out, we are doing our bodies a world of good. However, when we put our bodies under stress, we may naturally reduce our levels of certain minerals and nutrients, which, if not replaced through diet or supplementation, may affect overall health and consequently, our recovery and performance. While a good diet is a must, supplementation may help fill any nutritional gaps that can sometimes occur due to the busy and stressful lives we lead.
If you’re lacking in B vitamins, it may be affecting your overall wellbeing as well as your workout potential. These B vitamins, which include thiamine, riboflavin, B6, B12 and folate, are used by the body to convert proteins and carbs into energy. They also help support healthy energy production in our cells’ mitochondria (essentially the cells’ energy powerhouse). Activated B vitamins do not require further conversion and can be used directly by the body.
Even a small vitamin B deficiency may impact energy production and the metabolism of macronutrients such as carbs, fats and proteins. Increased stress due to frequent or high-intensity exercise, work and lifestyle drivers may lead to a greater need for B vitamins, so supplementing your diet could be of benefit.
A nutrition-rich diet is first and foremost the key to good health. However, to ensure your vitamin B levels remain at an optimal level, an activated vitamin B supplement (as prescribed by a healthcare practitioner) like Eagle Tresos Activated B PluSe™ can be taken every day. Tresos Activated B PluSe™ is a multivitamin, mineral and antioxidant formulated to provide a sound nutritional platform to ensure you can make the most out of your day, all day, every day.
Even the healthiest of diets and fitness regimens may benefit from supplementation. A multivitamin that includes activated B-group vitamins, vitamin C, zinc, magnesium, selenium and vitamin D can help maintain energy, offset stress and support your immune system. This combination may help maintain healthy red blood cell production, promote healthy skin, support your immune system and your ability to deal with stress, as well as sustain your overall wellbeing.
Why the three S's are so important
- Sleep: Try to get some shut-eye at lunchtime. This is when the body’s metabolism is at its lowest, so 20-30 minutes at midday may help boost your energy and mood.
- Stress relief: Exercise is the number one way to help you deal with stress, so make an unbreakable appointment with yourself to move for at least 30 minutes every day.
- Sex: Getting frisky under the sheets is just as important as regular exercise. Research shows that those who have sex regularly (around twice a week) have a stronger immune system, lower stress levels and better sleep due to the higher levels of the “cuddle hormone” oxytocin.
Hit the right nutritional note
Eating a diet rich in vitamin B in particular is a must if you’re exercising regularly, under stress or your health isn’t at its optimum. Research shows that a diet rich in vitamin B foods – such as milk, nutritional yeast, liver, wholegrain cereals, nuts, eggs, high-protein yoghurt, fruit, red meat, fish and leafy vegetables – could help boost your energy levels.
The Mediterranean diet has repeatedly been proven as the recommended eating plan to follow for optimum health. Numerous studies have shown the benefits of a diet rich in fresh and organic fruit and vegetables, grass-fed beef, wild salmon, generous servings of olive oil and even red wine and dark chocolate.
These foods not only provide the basic fats, proteins and carbohydrates we need, but they also contain the better fats, proteins and carbs we need to function at our best.
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Always read the label and use only as directed. Vitamins and minerals can only be of assistance if dietary intake is inadequate. If symptoms persist, consult your healthcare professional.